Assessing the Milwaukee Bucks’ biggest needs before 2022 trade deadline

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The Milwaukee Bucks should scour the market for a backup point guard before the 2022 NBA Trade Deadline

If the Bucks are doing their due diligence around the trade market, one position of interest should be the backup point guard.

After last season’s issues at the backup point guard position, most fans were happy to welcome George Hill back in free agency for his second stint with the team. He was viewed as an ideal pick to play behind Jrue Holiday, but the signing has not quite panned out as many initially hoped.

He is currently averaging 7.1 points per game, the second-fewest in his career, and his shooting has been a huge reason why. The guard, who has been an excellent 3-point shooter in his career, is shooting a mere 30.8 percent from deep this season, by far the worst mark in his career. With Hill struggling to do his part off the bench most nights, it would be wise to look for an upgrade.

Although there are not too many names that are easily obtainable, one player that could make a massive difference is Dennis Schröder. The Bucks have been linked heavily to the guard over the past few seasons, and with The Athletic’s Shams Charania (subscription required) reporting that the Boston Celtics could look to move him before the deadline, it would make sense for them to make another run at the guard. Adding Schröder would immediately help improve Milwaukee’s lackluster scoring and assist production in the second unit, killing two birds with one stone. On the books for $5.9 million this season, the Bucks could realistically negotiate a trade financially.

Schröder is just one name that comes to mind that could make a massive difference. It seems unlikely that the Bucks would trade Hill for a second time, but if his struggles continue, it might not be too far-fetched to think that they might heavily consider it.